School of Surveying students (from left) Jeremy McCaffrey
(20) and Eric Ko (21) work with a total station at
Mornington Park yesterday for their first day of practical
work in their first 'professional' year of study. Photo by
Enrolments to study surveying at the University of Otago
are lower than usual, but the rebuilding of Christchurch
rebuild is keeping students' job prospects high.
University of Otago School of Surveying senior technical
officer Alastair Neaves said 49 students were enrolled in the
first of the three years of study at the only surveying
school in New Zealand.
Enrolments at the school were down from the usual 60 despite
''huge demand'' for graduates, he said.
All graduates of the school found work and many were
approached by employers with job offers before they had
graduated, Mr Neaves said.
The students were revising levelling and the operation of a
total station at Morning Park yesterday and today, and the
class would be practising at Bayfield, Bathgate and Logan
Parks tomorrow and Friday, he said.
Surveying student Jeremy McCaffrey, of Picton, said he was
studying surveying because he liked working in the outdoors
and because of the career prospects.
Surveying student Eric Ko, of Dunedin, said students in the
third year had to finish 80 days of practical work and he was
hopeful of working in the rebuilding of Christchurch.